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    Croatian Medal for Civil War

    430,000 awarded so it's quite common. Yours is a 1990-1992 version which is more rare than the other type without the year in the back but it's still quite common.
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    Help Identify Soviet? Medal

    Not Soviet nor is it Orthodox Russian. They would never use latin.
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    Yugoslavia - Shinny IKOM orders

    Seems like ZIN orders have also started to get shiny, well technically not as much shinny as odd. Look how terrible the backs of these Orders of Labour 3rd class look. Also here's some more shiny Orders for Merits for the people 2nd and 3rd class. Both are curently being auctioned on eMedals with a starting price of 100$.
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    Is this Italian submarine badge?

    Such a cool find and an interesting story!
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    Marshal Katukov's ribbon - please help

    I absolutely love how they added the Mongol folk patterns. Very unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing the link!
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    Order of Military Merit

    I'm not sure either. It should be the paint or enamel.
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    I've just stumbled upon this amazing group of medals, orders and plaques from a Yugoslav-Jewish woman Partisan from Macedonia. The whole collection is now owned by the US Holocaust MEmorial Museum. I'll be posting their photos separately since there are around 80 of them. Here's their description of Zhamila: "The Macedonian region, including Bitola where Jamila and her family lived, was occupied by Bulgaria. Jamila worked with resistance groups to fight the occupation and was forced to hide at night for her safety. On March 9, 1943, from her hiding place, Jamila witnessed the roundup and deportation of the Jewish community of Bitola. After a month in hiding, she went to the mountains and joined a partisan detachment. In August 1943, Jamila’s group became part of the Macedonian Partisan Battalion, which liberated a prisoner camp in Greece. In June 1944, a separate Macedonian brigade was formed. In August, Jamila was injured during a battle. On October 30, Jamila’s group liberated the towns of Ohrid and Struga, and a month later Macedonia was liberated. In December, Jamila served as an official at the Second Congress of Anti-Fascist Youth in Skopje. Jamila married a fellow partisan Chede Filipovski. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Jamila returned to Bitola and discovered that her entire family had been deported and murdered at Treblinka killing center. In June Chede was killed in a motorcycle accident. In June 1947, Jamila married Avram Sadikario." I will start with medals and orders first since those are my favourite. Here's the photo of her: Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, circa November 1944:
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    And finally the last plaque...Association of marksmen of Yugoslavia
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    JUGOHROM plaque
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Institute for national history (Skopje) plaque
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Plaque of the children of Macedonia
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Plaque for merits for the city of Skopje
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    UNICEF Yugoslavia plaque
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Association of fighters of People's Liberation and Anti-fascist War in Macedonia 1941-1945
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    Miniatur Eisernes Kreuz

    I've never seen this type of EK mini. Looks incredible!
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Association of Fighters of Macedonia
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Kurir Jovica plaque (Courier Jovica)
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Plaque for 25 years of formation of Macedonian-Kosovar Brigade
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Plaque for the 40 years of formation of Partisan Detachments Pelister-Dame Gruev and Jane Sandanski
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    AFŽ (Anti-fascist Front of Women) of Macedonia plaque
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    SUBNOR plaque (Federation of Veterans' Association of the People's Liberation War)
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    Zhamila Kolonomos

    Order for Merits for the People with Golden Star (1st class). This is the last order/medal. I'll be posting her plaques soon.